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Skin Rashes and How to Deal with Them

Is your skin misbehaving of late? Perhaps it's red, inflamed, sore or itchy? Or maybe it's all of those things. To help you decide how best to treat the irritation, let's look at some common (and some relatively common) skin rashes and conditions. Read on for more...


Also known as Urticaria, hives can go by the names of weals, welts or nettle rash. It's characterised by a raised, itchy rash and it may affect just one part of the body or a few areas.

Most people will find they don't require any treatment; the rash will usually go away on its own. But if it doesn't go within 48 hours, do go and see your GP. At the very least, make sure you speak to a pharmacist for some advice.


A contagious skin infection, ringworm typically appears on the legs and arms. Saying that, though, it can also appear on other parts of the body and tends to cause a red or silvery, scaly rash. This will be in the shape of a ring - and while it's more common in children, anyone can get it.

Chat to your pharmacist about antifungal creams, powders or tablets - and if it doesn't clear up after using an over-the-counter treatment, do go and see your GP.

Atopic Eczema

The most common type of eczema, atopic eczema can cause skin to be itchy, red, cracked and dry. While it can improve over time, it's a long-term condition in most people. That said, children can grow out of it.

If you think you have eczema, look for signs of it on the backs or fronts of the knee, outside or inside the elbows, or around the neck, hands, cheeks or scalp. Moisturisers and topical steroids can help a great deal, so make sure you chat to your chemist about them.


There are two types of impetigo and both are hugely contagious. Causing sores and blisters, the types are non-bullous impetigo (which tends to affect the nose and mouth) and bullous impetigo (which typically affects newborns) and both are more common in children.

Ordinarily, the infection will clear up by itself within a few weeks. It's always worth visiting your GP for a diagnosis, though, as some of the symptoms could be similar to those of a more serious condition.

Think you have a rash? Here's what to look out for:

Don't delay if you think you have a rash; it's always a good idea to get any skin changes checked out - specifically moles and especially if they change shape, size or colour - just to be on the safe side.

Be aware of the following new symptoms:

  • redness
  • soreness
  • itching
  • scaly skin
  • cracked or dry skin.

Do you suffer from any of these skin conditions? What works for you? Share your product recommendations and tips in the comments below to help others living with the condition. Don't forget to also find us on Facebook and join the conversation over there today.

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately.


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